Colorado Springs: L 5-6, L 4-6
In Friday's game, Edwin Bellorin drove in four with two hits, including a double. Jonathan Herrera also had a pair of hits and Ian Stewart doubled and walked and scored twice. Jason Hirsh pitched four innings and allowed an average of three baserunners in each with seven hits and five walks allowed. He didn't strike out any, and in all five runs scored.
Saturday, the Sky Sox didn't fare any better, as Sean Smith allowed all six runs in six innings. Cory Sullivan had a pair of RBI with a double out of the leadoff slot, but there wasn't much more of note in this game.
Tulsa: L 4-7, W 13-1
Troy Tulowitzki homered, singled and walked three times in the loss for the Drillers on Friday. Eric Young Jr had a pair of doubles among his three hits and also stole a base, but otherwise the offense couldn't sustain much. On the pitching front, while Alan Johnson was efficient and lasted seven innings, he wasn't all that effective, giving up as many runs.
Saturday, the Drillers put on a hitting clinic. Tulo homered again and had three hits, and Daniel Carte and Dexter Fowler each had four hits in the romp. Tony Blanco also chipped in three hits, including two doubles, and drove in three of the Drillers runs. Brandon Hynick lasted seven innings, gave up five hits and and two walks, allowing the run to score on a homerun, the 23rd bomb he's given up this season.
Modesto: W 12-6, L 5-7
The Nuts thought of the kiddies, Friday night, putting the game to bed early, so parents could do the same. Victor Ferrante's first inning grand slam set the tone, and then the Nuts followed it up with a five run second so folks could go home early if they so desired. After the early fireworks, Simon Ferrer and Chris Malone just put it on cruise control. Ferrer allowed the six runs in five innings, and then Malone followed him with four innings of two hit, scoreless mop-up duty. Michael Paulk and Anthony Jackson each had three hits, and Ferrante and Daniel Mayora each had two in the win.
Ferrante followed that up with three hits on Saturday, and Paulk and Jackson each knocked two additional hits to keep pace for the weekend lead for the team at five apiece, but the scoring didn't come so easily off of the Giants Tim Alderson. Meanwhile, Aneury Rodriguez, without the benefit of the same run support and due to one bad four run fourth inning got saddled with the loss.
Asheville: L 4-5, W 12-8
Michael Mitchell had three hits and two stolen bases in the first, tightly fought contest. Brian Rike and Lars Davis each also chipped in two hits. Bruce Billings took the loss after pitching six innigns and allowing four runs to score. His peripheral stats were decent, though.
Saturday, three Tourists, Darin Holcomb, Kevin Clark and Helder Velazquez, each scored three times, while the other six Tourists combined for the other three runs. Velzquez got himself into scoring position three times with three doubles, while Holcomb benefitted from being pitched around in front of Clark and Rike, who each homered with him aboard. Clark was also on board for Rike's shot. The Tourists have the same amount of games left in their schedule as Everth Cabrera needs to steal to reach the century mark. At his current pace he'll wind up in the mid-eighties were he to play everyday, so while it's not likely it is a nice round number milestone that's somewhat within reach. Connor Graham pitched just four innings, I'm hoping it's just fatigue coming down on him a little for his last three long outings, but I'll try and find out if there's an injury concern.
Tri-City L 2-4, W 4-3
Friday night the D-Devils lost their seventh straight, with Austin Rauch's solo homerun and Chad Lembeck getting around after a double being the only scoring they could muster. Brad McAtee allowed two runs in the third and Sean Jarrett allowed a pair in the ninth for the loss.
Saturday, Tri-City managed a pyrrhic victory over the team that had kicked them around for five straight nights, using a four run second inning rally to do the trick. Charlie Blackmon had a pair of hits, but even on a winning night, he was the only Dust Devil to manage that feat.
Casper: W 10-5, W 11-3
The news is much brighter at our lowest affiliate this season, as the Ghosts continue to win with some impressive margins. Kiel Roling made his professional debut and collected a pair of doubles and three hits. Chadler Jacobsen had a grand slam and six RBI with four hits, while Wilin Rosario also knocked out his seventh homerun of the season. Orlando Sandoval also contributed four hits, Carlos Martinez had two, and Ethan Hollingsworth and three relievers combined for the win. I want to finish and post this, but Kyle Walker was one of those relief pitchers, and I've been impressed with his work thus far and think deserves some attention.
Saturday, Martinez hit his first homerun of the season among three hits, and Roling and Rosario each had a pair of hits and a pair of RBI in the win. Angelys Nina and Alex Feinberg both also had two hits in the win. Matt Baugh was the winning pitcher, allowing two runs in five innings.